The President of the Organising Committee for the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Mr. Roger?
The President of the Organising Committee for the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Mr. Roger Rousseau, said on Monday (18 August) that he was hopeful of reaching an agreement with countries outside North America on the amount they should pay for television rights to the Games.
He told a news conference in Montreal that despite what were described was final offers from both sides, and the intervention in the dispute by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the door to future negotiations was not closed completely.
Last week the IOC asked the Organising Committee to reconsider its rejection of the total of 9.3 million dollars (about 4.6 million starling) offered by five broadcasting unions representing eastern and western Europe, South America, Asia and the Arab countries for the television rights. The five, which formed a bloc for negotiating purposes, described it as their final offer. The Organising committee wants slightly more than 18 million dollars (about 9 million sterling).
The Committee has sold the United States television rights to the American Broadcasting Company for 25 million dollars. But it has been unable to reach agreement with any other television network or groups, with the exception of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
The European Broadcasting Union has set the end of September as a final deadline for an agreement. But Mr. Rousseau said the Committee did not believe any deadlines should be set.
(This film is serviced with a sound commentary by CBC reporter, Ron Laplante, together with an interview with Mr. Rousseau. A transcript of Both is provided on page two.)